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Marlwood School


Marlwood Curriculum Intent

Student Experience

We believe in breadth of curriculum: students learning a broad range of subjects for as long as possible. As of September 2019 our students will receive a traditional curriculum, which is broad and balanced. The curriculum is designed to enable all students to flourish academically and acquire the knowledge, skills, employability competencies, cultural capital and character development required for a successful and fulfilled life.

We want all of our students to:

  • Lead a life that is personally flourishing
  • To help others to do so, too

Student Progress

Progress is not simply what we use to measure with levels, but rather it comprises knowledge that has been learned and then retained in long-term memory. It is vital that our students make at least expected progress. It is our goal for our students to strive for excellence and outperform their peers nationally. However, progress goes beyond a collection of marks in a tracking document; it is much more complex than that.

Progress depends on learners having a network of inter-related ideas and values that they skilfully draw on to make sense of what they are doing and experiencing.  Progress indicators differ depending on the subject discipline or spiritual, moral, social and cultural goals of the learning experience.  It requires us to go back and think in detail about what it means to ‘get better’ in terms of behaviours, cognition or appreciation. It is about creativity, connections and schematics, not isolated information. It is about the development of the whole person.

Each faculty and subject at Marlwood School plays a significant and deliberate role in implementing the intent of the whole school curriculum through the distinctiveness nature of their disciplinary content, skills and approach.

Each faculty and subject at Marlwood School plays a significant and deliberate role in implementing the intent of the whole school curriculum.


Physical Education and Performing Arts (PEPA)


We believe a high quality and inclusive PEPA curriculum should be an integral part of the whole school curriculum and one that staff, pupils and parents can engage with and feel invested in. Through Drama, PE & Music our pupils will learn to develop the important qualities of discipline, resilience, communication, team work and ambition; leading to improved concentration, social skills and self-esteem.

Our PEPA curriculum aims to:

ensure that all students develop the fundamental skills and competence to excel in a wide range of physical and creative activities by providing a broad & balanced curriculum with opportunities for all to be enjoyed.

  • ensure that all students develop emotional and physical literacy and enables them to learn about themselves, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, self-expression and concepts such as empathy and respect.
  • Contribute to the development of a range of important cognitive skills such as decision making and analysis, and social skills such as collaboration and communication.
  • Nurture reflective learners who understand how PEPA can enhance their  attainment and achievement and to create pathways for them to continue to be active beyond school.

Our  high quality PEPA curriculum  will have a unique broader impact on the whole school contributing to whole school improvements by empowering  students  to develop and demonstrate the following personal qualities:

  • A strong desire to learn & make progress (Aspiration)
  • High levels of dedication, attendance and involvement (Determination)
  • High levels of commitment to extra-curricular clubs (Respect)
  • Good levels of positive behaviour such as collaboration, helpfulness, aspiration  and determination (Respect)
  • High levels of enjoyment and enthusiasm and a deep seated commitment to community life at Marlwood School (Working together for excellence).


Our Curriculum intent is realised through the skilful implementation of the PEPA Curriculum Map supported by the Marlwood 8 Essentials.

We pride ourselves on our links to industries and organisations which generate positive interaction in the community and aspirational career opportunities.

Exposure to real life places, experiences and individuals of sporting, theatrical, cultural, musical and’ spiritual’ importance  are a vital component of the PEPA curriculum experience at Marlwood School.

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